Frequently Asked Questions — Vermont Smoke & Cure

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will your products last?

Each of our products is stamped with a Best Used By date, either directly on the film or on a white sticker. We suggest consuming all Vermont Smoke & Cure® products before the Best Used By date indicated on packaging.

Where do you get the meat from?

Nationally, we only buy “natural” meats — that is, raised without antibiotics or added hormones, and vegetarian fed.

By partnering with our customers to create more demand for these meats, we influence the farmers and the big meat companies to grow and supply meats that are superior for the livestock, farmers and landscape.


I am concerned about allergens. What common allergens are present in your products and facility?

Our entire facility and all of our products are free from the Big 8 Allergens:

  1. Milk
  2. Eggs
  3. Fish
  4. Shellfish
  5. Tree Nuts
  6. Peanuts
  7. Wheat
  8. Soy

Vermont Smoke & Cure utilizes a controlled system to manage allergens to prevent potential cross-contamination. This allergen control program is part of our food safety system, which is audited annually by a 3rd party certifier Global Food Safety Initiative code.

Do your products contain Gluten?

No, all of our product are Gluten Free.

Do your products contain MSG?

No, none of our products contain MSG.

Do your products contain nitrates?

All of our products have no nitrates or nitrites added, except for nitrates naturally occurring in celery juice powder and sea salt.

What is the difference between cured and uncured?

The “uncured” designation is required by the USDA — but it isn’t entirely accurate. The nitrate sources are celery juice and sea salt rather than sodium nitrite — the same result is reached and the flavor is nearly identical. We agree with those who advocate for calling use of these natural ingredients “naturally cured.”

What is the source of the casing for your products?

All our sticks have a beef collagen casing. 

The dark outer casing on our Summer Sausage is a peel able fibrous casing that is to be removed before consuming, but it will not cause any harm if accidentally ingested. 

Are all of your products smoked?

At Vermont Smoke & Cure we smoke half of our line of sticks using maple, hickory and/or cob woodchips.  

Can I pick up my order so I don’t have to pay for shipping?

Unfortunately, unless you are a wholesale customer or distributor you cannot pick up your order. We agreed to stipulations by the Planning & Zoning board of the Town of Hinesburg that we not function as a retail location.

You’ll need to visit one of our retailer customers, or to order shelf stable items from our web site. (Hint — ask your local store to carry us!)

Do you ship internationally?

We only ship within the United States.

Can I come for a tour?

We are not set up for public tours. 

I want to sell your products in my store or serve them in my restaurant. How can we make this happen?

Feel free to check out our Wholesaler & Small Retailer page and submit an inquiry. Someone will get back to you within 24-48 hours upon receipt. 

Is there a phone # I can call to order?

Feel free to give us a call anytime Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm EST at 802-482-4666 and we’d be happy to take your order.